Pheidole ariel , Wilson, E. O., 2003

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 169

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole ariel
status

new species

Pheidole ariel  HNS  new species

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Gr ariel, airy sprite, alluding to the slender, pale yellow bodies of both castes.

Diagnosis Similar to desertorum  HNS  and vistana  HNS  (see also the less similar hyatti  HNS  ), distinguished from these members of the fallax  HNS  group and other members of the diligens  HNS  group as follows.

Major: pale to medium yellow; slender; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; occipital border deep, subangulate at midline; pilosity of body dorsum moderately abundant, suberect to erect, and very long; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; pronotum and all of gaster smooth and shiny.

Minor: occiput broad and lacking nuchal collar; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; carinulae limited to circular lines around

antennal fossae; mesopleuron and side of propodeum foveolate and opaque; rest of body smooth and shiny.

Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.46, HL 1.62, SL 1.34, EL 0.26, PW 0.72.

Paratype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.82, SL 1.16, EL 0.22, PW 0.44.

color Major: concolorous pale to medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous pale yellow.

Range Known only from the type locality.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. MEXICO: 38 km south of Monclova, Puente La Muralla, Coahuila, 1280 m (Robert J. Hamton). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole